“TILTON – On Tuesday, December 8, 1908, at their home at Dexter, of brain fever, Vida May, the 19 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Asa Tilton. The funeral was held at Pleasant Hill yesterday afternoon.” Eugene Morning Register Dec. 10, 1908, pg. 8.
“TILTON – Saturday morning, January 30, 1909, at 2:30 o’clock, Mrs. Lillie May Tilton, wife of A.E. Tilton of Pleasant Hill. She was 22 years, 8 months old and leaves a son three months old. Services will be held at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery today (Sunday) at 2 p.m. with Rev. R.G. Callison in charge.” Eugene Morning Register, Jan 21, 1909, pg. 4
These markers caught my eye as I walked through the Pleasant Hill (OR) Cemetery a couple of weeks ago. They are two fine examples of how the “zinc” markers have a superior natural resistance to deterioration. Their deaths also occurred in the time period I am now indexing. The newspaper listings for them were brief. I then looked them both up in the Oregon Death Index – an index of the death certificates filed to the state. I see their daughter did have a death certificate, but there was never one filed for Mrs. Tilton. This is the very reason I am indexing these newspapers for deaths. The State of Oregon started requiring death certificates in 1903 and here in 1909 we find another that was never filed. Note the discrepancy in the daughter’s name between the newspaper and the headstone.